Youghal RNLI help a boat taking on water in first call out of 2019

Lifeboats News Release

Whilst out on a training exercise yesterday morning (Sunday 3 March) Youghal RNLI volunteer crew became aware at of a small pleasure craft taking on water at its mooring in Youghal Harbour.

RNLI/Derry Walsh

The lifeboat crew had been practising a casualty recovery exercise in the area of Youghal harbour when at 11.33am they became aware of a small pleasure craft that had started to take on water. There was no one on board at the time.

In heavy rain and squally conditions the inshore lifeboat crew pumped the water from the vessel, then towed it safely back to the pier head in Youghal and handed it over to the awaiting Coast Guard. The lifeboat returned to the station at 12.07pm.

Youghal RNLI Helm Patsy O’Mahoney, said: ‘We went out this morning to practice our skills and ended up having to use them in a real situation. The water can be unpredictable at the best of times, but it is particularly dangerous during bad weather. We urge everyone to respect the water at all times.’


Notes to editors

· Photograph credit Derry Walsh Youghal RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager.

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